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Old 03-10-2011, 10:31 AM
Loochery Loochery is offline Windows XP Office 2003
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Default Microsoft Word 2003 nightmare

I have never had a problem with Microsoft Word until now. I can use Word fine on my computer. In the past week or so, however, when I send Microsoft Word documents to people, sometimes they say they can open them and sometimes they say they canít open them. It depends on the person.

On some of my e-mail clients (I have multiple e-mail accounts), I can open the files I send myself (i.e. I will send an e-mail to my multiple e-mail accounts and I will attach Word documents to that e-mail. On some clients I can open the files I send myself, and others I canít...

I did a check disk /r (checkdisk repair) on March 9 and it fixed the problem. I could send Word documents and everyone could download them and I could send Word documents to myself and download them via AOL Mail, Yahoo, and everything. And then the problem came back again.

When I click on the file in the mail client that doesnít read the documents correctly, the attachment comes up as saying that the mail client interprets the .doc file as being related to Notepad (specifically listing Notepad as the program it wants to open the file in), not Word. Then when I try to open it (either straight from the e-mail or after downloading the file back to my hard drive), it tries to open in word and gives me the converter message.

When it was working for a little while on March 9, the way I knew a Word document would work correctly even before trying to open a file is that Mail would list it as being a Word document. Every time when I click on the attachment and see that it interprets it as a Notepad document, I know that it's not going to open:

Now, as I write this (the morning of March 10), Yahoo is doing the same notepad error. Lavabit and Gmail still open it as Word and it works fine. Yahoo wasnít doing the notepad error yesterday, even when AOL Mail was. So, what Iím saying is, up until this point, AOL Mail was the only e-mail client that seemed to be giving me (I canít speak for other people Iíve sent the documents to) a problem; now Yahoo is giving me the problem, too.

A family member bought their desktop computer together with mine at the same time from the same place, and they also have Word 2003 like I do, and never had a problem opening documents I sent them (and could open them yesterday when this was working again). When this is not working (now), this is what that family member sees when they try to open a Word document I send them.

Another person gets this message when they try to open the files in Word 2007:

Word experienced an error trying to open the file.Try these suggestions.*Check the file permission for the document or drive.*Make sure there is enough free memory and disc space.*Open the file with the text recovery converter. And on the same dialog box it has a button there for help

Another person said this:

I was able to open all but the one at the end of the first line (test doc.etc). They seem to be word documents, Two I had to click run program, but then it came on the screen.

And yet for other people, the documents open perfectly fine, no problem.

One family member, when receiving documents I send them via e-mail, notices that the files donít have Word icons, but when they try to open the files, they open fine as Word documents. They just look weird in the e-mail itself. This did not change even during the time when it was back working yesterday. Even then, they were still seeing these non descript icons:

This person until this started has never had these non descript icons appear when I would send them Word documents. They always used to look like regular Word documents in the e-mail itself.

Iíve probably done like 20 System Restore operations in the last few days trying to get it back to a working point, and nothing other than that chkdsk repair worked and now itís back to giving me problems again.

I canít reinstall office or Word because I donít have the CD anymore.

I want to be very clear that this problem has only started recently, in about the last month (or perhaps even the last few days). Previously, nobody ever reported a problem opening documents I wrote. I can't figure out what has changed just recently that is making people now have problems with documents I make.

I saw this in the event viewer last night under Load Perf (which was listed in the Source column): "The performance counter name string value in the registry is incorrectly formatted. The bogus string is 2460, the bogus index value is the first DWORD in Data section while the last valid index values are the second and third DWORD in Data section."


ďUnloading the performance counter strings for service WmiApRpl (WmiApRpl) failed. The Error code is the first DWORD in Data section.Ē

I donít know what that means.

Virus scan and Malwarebytes didnít turn up any evidence of a problem relating to Word.

I have created a WinZip file at It has some Microsoft Word documents from my computer. March 10, 2011 was made today and so was Documents to Upload. If anybody is willing, please download this and try yourself and see if the files work. I also included a sample Excel document and pdf document, as some people reported problems opening those when I sent them to them, though theyíre no longer reporting problems with Excel or PDF. Maybe if you actually see files themselves from my computer, you can figure out whatís going on. Iím not sure; Iím not an expert at computers.

Everything else on my computer (Windows XP 2002) works fine. I just want it to go back to the way it was working about a month ago.

Iím in Philadelphia, PA, so if anyone who reads this is in that area and wants to take a look at it, let me know.

Thanks you for your most gracious time and assistance. I appreciate it very much.
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Old 03-11-2011, 12:48 AM
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Hi Loochery,

I suspect either your operating system or Word itself has become corrupt. At least part of that seems to have something to do with file associations, though that shouldn't affect people you send files to. And, with so many email clients (Lavabit, Gmail, Yahoo, AOL Mail, etc), it wouldn't be at all surprising if there are some conflicts there too.

Have you tried repairing your Word installation (eg Help|Detect & Repair)? For other possible solutions at the Word end, see: and

If all else fails, you might need to re-format your HDD and start over. As for:
I can’t reinstall office or Word because I don’t have the CD anymore.
If it was a legitimate installation, a call to MS might get you a replacement CD.
Paul Edstein
[MS MVP - Word]
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Old 05-31-2011, 02:04 AM
petermeachem petermeachem is offline Windows XP Office XP
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I've had this and fixed it thusly. This fixes the mswrd632 error

Save this as a .reg file and double click on it

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion\Applets\Wordpad]
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